Today is the second Monday of the month, which means that I share anniversaries being celebrated among the PeKu team. This month there are none. Zippo. Zilch. However, fate had an interesting way of creating a topic for this week’s column.
Last Monday I had an Ask the Expert column published in the Union Leader (a Manchester, New Hampshire, newspaper) about managing an international team. I wrote about strategies that have helped make PeKu into a successful company with a team that functions well while separated by thousands of miles. I have stayed in communication with my team through various channels: email, phone calls, instant messaging. However, as my team is located throughout the US, Canada, and Europe currently, I have met very few members of my team in person.
Today I will meet a 5-year member of our team, Jane Wangersky. Jane is based in British Columbia, from where she has served as a columnist and associate editor. However, she is on vacation in New England and will be traveling to Manchester, New Hampshire, to meet with me in person. While Jane and I have been in contact for years, it will be the first time that we speak in-person.
Yes, we have worked well, even with over three thousand miles and a three hour time difference separating us. Still it will be wonderful to spend time in the same room. I have seen photos of Jane and talked with her, so I have both a face and a voice to associate with her, but there will be an additional layer of knowing her from this meeting.
I may be able to manage an international team fairly well, but it sure will be exciting to meet another member of the PeKu team.